Frank Lampard insists Mason Mount does not deserve his “teacher’s pet” reputation and he gets no special treatment at Chelsea.
Lampard believes Mount’s “clean cut” image, not having an Instagram showreel and hard working performances on the pitch mean he is not seen as being very glamorous.
But Lampard showered Chelsea’s England midfielder with praise for his attitude, particularly in one aspect considering how many world class players the Blues boss has shared a dressing room with both as players and manager.
Lampard said: “He doesn’t do too many treble step overs and flicks over the back of his head as he shouldn’t do. He makes really efficient, clean, sharp passes, he presses as well as any midfield player that I’ve worked with or played alongside.
“There are a hundred things within his game that impresses managers that he works for. He’s very easy and casual because he hasn’t got an Instagram reel of those flicks and it’s a different type of football which makes it easy for people to bracket him off. I certainly don’t.
“With Mason, I think there’s something about him, he looks clean cut, I think he’s doing one advert at the moment where he’s taking his top off and that’s about as edgy as Mason gets.
“When I say that, I don’t want to add fuel to the fire of him being my son because I’ve just been so positive about him. Because I know Mason has a lot to improve on but that’s what takes you on to his attitude and his desire to improve.
“He can score more goals, he can make more assists, but he’s a quality, quality football player who can only get better.
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“That’s how I feel about him. But make no mistake, Mason Mount or any player in this squad will not be getting any favouritism from me about playing when there is competition in this squad.”
Mount, 21, was singled out by England supporters because Gareth Southgate chose him ahead of fans’ favourite Jack Grealish but Lampard also championing his cause has clearly boosted his confidence levels.
“It means a lot to me to have two managers who trust me and are willing to put me in big games and I’d always be ready for any opportunity I get,” said Mount.
“I am just trying to evolve my game to be quick, to know what I have got to do when the ball comes to me, and I think that’s definitely something I have learned over the last couple of years.”
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Chelsea go to Rennes with a remarkable record of conceding just one goal in their last seven games and that run has helped propel them into being title contenders in the Premier League and, if results go their way, they could even qualify for the Champions League knock-out stage.
Lampard added: “Sometimes it’s fine margins and I think what has gone up in a big way is the confidence of the team in a defensive nature and concentration of the team. It should always be there but sometimes you have to work and progress.
“Personnel helps that and we’ve clearly had big individuals come in in recruitment terms. Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and that obviously helps but the collective thing has to be the most important thing and the lads are working well and have confidence. We need it to continue.”